List of Wentworth characters

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The following is a list of characters from the Australian television series Wentworth. The series follow the lives of the inmates and officers at Wentworth Correctional Centre.

Main characters[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
Danielle Cormack           Bea Smith Main
Nicole da Silva      Franky Doyle Main
Kris McQuade      Jacs Holt Main
Leeanna Walsman      Erica Davidson Main
Kate Atkinson      Vera Bennett Main
Celia Ireland      Liz Birdsworth Main
Shareena Clanton      Doreen Anderson Main
Aaron Jeffery      Matthew Fletcher Main
Robbie Magasiva      Will Jackson Main
Catherine McClements      Meg Jackson Main
Katrina Milosevic      Sue Jenkins Recurring Main
Pamela Rabe      Joan Ferguson Main Special Guest
Socratis Otto      Maxine Conway Recurring Main
Tammy MacIntosh      Kaz Proctor Guest Main
Kate Jenkinson           Allie Novak Main
Sigrid Thornton      Sonia Stevens Special Guest Main
Bernard Curry      Jake Stewart Recurring Main
Leah Purcell      Rita Connors Main
Susie Porter      Marie Winter Main
Rarriwuy Hick      Ruby Mitchell Main

Bea Smith[edit]

Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) (seasons 1-4) came to be an inmate after attempting to murder her husband, Harry, after she had endured years of domestic violence. After entering the facility she is coveted by both Franky Doyle and Jacs Holt in their fight for "Top Dog" of the prison. Bea struggles adjusting to her new life in prison as well as trying to keep up with her daughter, Debbie, and her husband while they are on the outside world. After Bea's daughter is murdered on the order of Jacs Holt, Bea kills her by jabbing a pen into her neck and is charged with manslaughter. After believing that Debbie committed suicide, it is later revealed to Bea that Debbie was murdered by Brayden Holt, Jacs' son. Hellbent on revenge, Bea concocts a plan to escape Wentworth and kill Brayden for killing Debbie. After a bloody fight with Franky, Bea slices her own wrists, as sliced wrists cannot be cuffed, and is transferred to hospital where she escapes after being treated. Bea finds Brayden and holds him hostage in his mechanic shop where she gets him to confess to killing Debbie, after which she kills him. Bea is charged with murder and returns to Wentworth as the new "Top Dog". She maintains a tough anti-drug trafficking policy with inmates. During a fire started by Ferguson, after killing Jess, Bea saves Doreen's baby and Franky. Bea is serving life without parole. Loneliness, the loss of Debbie and the stress of being "Top Dog" over time takes its toll on Bea. Season four widely focuses on Bea discovering a side of herself she never believed to be there after falling in love with new-inmate Allie Novak. In the finale of season 4, Bea believes Allie to be dead after she was given a hotshot (a lethal amount of illicit drugs) by Joan Ferguson. As Joan is walking out of the prison following her release, Bea confronts her with a screwdriver. After a struggle ensues between the two, Joan gains control of the screwdriver and Bea impales herself onto it 13 times, ensuring that Joan cannot be released from Wentworth and will be forced to remain in custody until her trial. Cormack left the show and Bea died at the end of the scuffle from blood loss.

Franky Doyle[edit]

Francesca "Franky" Doyle (Nicole da Silva) (seasons 1–6) is an inmate at Wentworth Correctional Centre. Franky was sent to Wentworth after she was charged with assault for throwing boiling oil on a television presenter of a cooking show that she was participating on for criticising her food. Franky is a lesbian who has had relationships with some of the inmates and staff at Wentworth. Franky has been paroled and is in a relationship with forensic psychologist, Bridget Westfall.

Vera Bennett[edit]

Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson) (seasons 1–present) is the Deputy Governor at Wentworth Correctional Centre. Vera is shown as a timid and shy individual who has difficulty forming friendships and relationships due to having to take care of her mother. Rather than confiding in her colleagues about her mother, Vera lies about having a boyfriend named Adam. Vera forms a relationship with her co-worker, Matthew "Fletch" Fletcher, however their relationship ends after Vera reads Fletch's journal. In season 2, Vera becomes the progect of Governor, Joan Ferguson where she changes her personality into one that is much stronger and not so much of a shy pushover. In the season 4 premiere, Vera is appointed the new Prison Governor of Wentworth after Joan is charged with the murder of former inmate, Jess Warner and is remanded in custody awaiting sentencing.

Doreen Anderson[edit]

Doreen Anderson (Shareena Clanton) (seasons 1-5) is an inmate at Wentworth Correctional Centre. Doreen was charged with reckless endangerment for losing her unborn baby after having a car accident due to heavily drinking and drug use.

Liz Birdsworth[edit]

Elizabeth "Liz" Birdsworth (Celia Ireland) (seasons 1–present) is an inmate at Wentworth Correctional Centre. Liz is a recovering alcoholic, who was first sent to Wentworth for the manslaughter of her mother-in-law. While under the influence of alcohol, Liz drove a tractor over a party setup for her mother-in-law's birthday after stressing that it was not going to be good enough. To avoid running over her daughter, Liz turned the tractor but accidentally ran over and killed her mother-in-law. Liz was the peer worker of the prison, dealing with inmates and the staff if there was an issue. However, Liz lost the right to be peer worker after she relapsed into her alcoholism. Since then Liz has been on and off with her addiction. Eventually, Liz makes parole and tries to start her life anew once on the outside. Liz tries to reconnect with her children but is too scared to do so. Liz later returns to Wentworth after having broken the conditions of her parole.

Fletch[edit]

Matthew "Fletch" Fletcher (Aaron Jeffery) (seasons 1-3) is a correctional officer at Wentworth. Fletcher is shown to have previously been a soldier who served in various war zones, including East Timor. His experience with a young girl being shot leaves him with PTSD and nightmares, and he is shown to easily lose his temper under stress. He attempts to have a relationship with fellow corrections officer Vera Bennett, but it ends after she reads a journal filled with expressions of rage as part of his therapy. He has a contentious relationship with Officer Will Jackson, and it is later revealed that he had a brief affair with Will's wife Meg Jackson; she became pregnant with his child and had an abortion just weeks before her death in the prison. This leads to the two having a brawl in the boiler room during a prison riot. He is also shown as being transphobic towards Maxine when she arrives at Wentworth.

He has doubts and reservations about Governor Ferguson and suspects her abuse but is initially unable to prove it. During Ferguson's attempt to remove drugs from the prison, Franky implicates Fletch as a potential source for smuggling, causing him to fight with Franky in her cell. At the end of season 2, during Bea's plan to escape and take revenge on Brayden Holt, Jess seduces Fletch in the shower, enabling Bea to steal his access card and gather supplies. A distraught Fletch takes his concerns to Channing after Ferguson attempts to transfer him out, but the investigation is shut down when Ferguson uncovers evidence of Channing's prostitution ring and blackmails him. After encountering an inmate who was previously tortured by Ferguson at Blackmoor Prison, he learns of her involvement with an inmate named Jianna and vendetta against Will Jackson and plans to report it to the board, however en route to Will's house he is struck by a speeding van driven by Ferguson's accomplice and nearly killed.

During season 3, Fletcher spends his time recovering from his attack, which leaves him both physically injured and with severe mental damage and amnesia. Will visits to finally put their past behind them. Vera also comes to visit him during his rehab, which is later discovered by Ferguson. After a severe bout of depression and alcoholism, Vera gives him advice that helps him start to get back on track, and Ferguson and Channing offer him his job back in an attempt to discover what he still remembers. Seeing Bea's drawing of Ferguson's henchman triggers his memory and he finally pieces together what happened to him. He allies himself with Bea and Vera to finally take Ferguson down by using their knowledge of her past against her.

Will Jackson[edit]

Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva) (seasons 1–present) is a correctional officer at Wentworth. Will is a former social worker who transferred to corrections. Will was married to the previous governor, Meg Jackson. After Meg was killed during a riot at the prison Will spiralled into a depression that he tried to cure with alcohol and drugs. At one point, Will overdosed but Fletch managed to save him.

Jacs Holt[edit]

Jacqueline "Jacs" Holt (Kris McQuade) (season 1) was an inmate at Wentworth. Jacs was serving fourteen years for the manslaughter of an associate of her husband, Vinnie Holt. Jacs was in a competition for "Top Dog" with Franky Doyle, often insulting Franky's sexuality and ordering hits to try and take her out of the running. Jacs attempts to befriend Bea Smith when she was new to the prison, often alluding to how horrible it would be if something were to happen to Bea's daughter, Debbie, if Bea was not going to co-operate with Jacs wishes. After Bea siding with Franky, Jacs orders her son, Brayden to kill Debbie by heroin overdose. Jacs is confronted by Bea after she hears the news about Debbie's death, and Bea stabs a pen into Jacs neck, killing her.

Boomer[edit]

Sue "Boomer" Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic) (seasons 1–present) is an inmate at Wentworth who is serving time for grievous bodily harm and drug trafficking. Boomer is best friends with Franky Doyle and serves as her muscle. Boomer is often portrayed as a slow and sometimes mentally challenged individual.

Erica Davidson[edit]

Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman) (season 1) was the Governor of Wentworth after Meg Jackson. Before becoming the governor, Erica was a prisoner advocate, and an acquaintance of Franky Doyle. Although engaged, Erica explores her feelings for Franky, hinting that she is bisexual but always denies it.

Joan Ferguson[edit]

Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) (seasons 2–present) became the Governor of Wentworth after Erica Davidson. Before being the governor, Ferguson was a correctional officer at Blackmoore Prison, where she shared a special bond with an inmate named Jianna, whom was pregnant. She becomes a prisoner in season 4.

Karen Proctor[edit]

Karen "Kaz" Proctor (Tammy McIntosh) (seasons 3–present) is an inmate at Wentworth and the leader of the Red Right Hand. She also acts as a maternal figure for Allie which adds to tension between her and Bea.

Bridget Westfall[edit]

Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner) (seasons 3–present) is a forensic psychologist who works with the inmates at Wentworth. Bridget identifies as a lesbian, and has feelings for Franky Doyle, to which Franky reciprocates. Bridget's feelings for Franky develops far enough where Bridget decides to quit because of the suspension from other prisoners and staff. When Franky gets out of prison she goes to live with Bridget.

Maxine Conway[edit]

Maxine Conway (Socratis Otto) (seasons 2-5) is a transgender inmate at Wentworth. Maxine was sent to Wentworth after stabbing her boyfriend, Gary, with scissors after he cut off her hair as a result of Maxine's gender reassignment surgery. Maxine is seen as the muscle in the prison, often affiliated with Bea Smith as her second in command. Upon Maxine's entry into Wentworth she was trumped with transphobic insults and bets as to whether she had a penis or vagina. After Maxine's adjustment to prison life, her boyfriend's brother comes to visit her and leaves her male looking clothes and a visitors pass that Maxine uses to try and escape the prison. Vera, upon finishing her shift, noticed that Maxine was trying to escape and called out to Will to stop Maxine from leaving. After being taken back into the prison, Vera refuses to give Maxine her wig back. In season 4, Maxine is diagnosed with breast cancer. In season 5, after having a double mastectomy, Maxine is transferred to Barnhurst prison as they have a better treatment facility to help with her chemotherapy.

Sonia Stevens[edit]

Sonia Stevens, played by Sigrid Thornton, made her first appearance during the fourth series episode "Divide and Conquer", broadcast on 14 June 2016.[1] The character and Thornton's casting was announced on 5 November 2015.[2] Thornton appeared in the original Prisoner television series as Roslyn Coulson, making her the first actress to appear in both Prisoner and Wentworth.[2] The character was partly inspired by Prisoner's Sonia Stevens, who was played by Tina Bursill.[2] Thornton's Sonia is "a wealthy but self-made dynamo behind a cosmetics empire." She is accused of murdering a missing woman and sent to Wentworth prison on remand.[2] Sonia was killed off during the sixth series on 31 July 2018.[3] She then comes back later in the series.

Recurring characters[edit]

Inmates[edit]

Kim Chang[edit]

Kim Chang (Ra Chapman) (seasons 1–present) is an inmate at Wentworth. Kim was Franky's friend with benefits inside the prison. Kim was often seen as Franky's weakness when she was Top Dog, which other inmates would try to exploit. Kim makes parole and leaves on bad terms with Franky, as Kim goes back to her boyfriend once outside. Kim later breaks the conditions of her parole and is sent back to Wentworth. Kim reveals that she did it on purpose to be with Franky because she loves her, but is angered when Franky has moved on. Later on, she becomes a drug user and joins the Asian crew as Tina's drug mule.

Simmo[edit]

Simone "Simmo" Slater (Ally Fowler) (seasons 1-3) was an inmate at Wentworth. Simmo was one of Jacs Holt's henchmen, and had connections with Jacs' family and business on the outside world. Simmo was a recovering heroin addict, until her husband ordered her to kill Bea Smith at the request of Vinnie Holt to avenge the murder of his wife, Jacs. Simmo refuses to kill Bea and goes to Franky for drugs, with which she intended to use to kill herself but Bea Smith discovered her in time. After Simmo recovers, she again refuses to kill Bea. Later, Bea discovers Simmo in her room after dying of a heroin overdose. It is later discovered that Governor Ferguson gave Simmo a hot shot of Pink Dragon heroin.

Roz Jago[edit]

Rosalind "Roz" Jago Roz was one of Jac's henchmen, and later Simmo's friend and muscle source.

Sky Pierson[edit]

Sky Pierson (Kathryn Beck) (season 2) is an inmate at Wentworth. Sky is heavily addicted to heroin and one of Franky's henchmen. Sky is shown constantly trying to score heroin and even threatens to cut it out of the stomach of a new inmate after she was arrested for drug trafficking. Sky only appears in the second season, her fate is currently unknown.

Jess Warner[edit]

Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) (seasons 2-3) was an inmate at Wentworth. Jess was serving a five-year sentence for the murder of a baby. Jess' records were sealed due to the nature of her crime, which led Bea Smith to believe that she was the hitman that the Holts had hired to kill her. When Bea confronts Jess, she tells Bea that she was wrongfully accused of the murder of a baby. Jess is shown to have feelings for Fletch which he reciprocates, which Jess takes advantage of. Jess has sex with Fletch in the shower rooms while Bea uses Fletch's swipe card to move through the prison. When Jess finds out that Doreen is pregnant, she becomes obsessed with helping Doreen with her pregnancy. After Doreen gives birth, Jess's obsession with the baby grows to the point where she kidnaps the baby and tries to smother him. Ferguson finds her and chokes her to death.

Sophie Donaldson[edit]

Sophie Donaldson (Edwina Samuels) (seasons 2-3) is an inmate at Wentworth and Liz Birdsworth's daughter. Sophie was sent to prison for driving under the influence of alcohol on a suspended license and hit a cyclist.

Kelly Byrant[edit]

Kelly Byrant Was a prisoner at the same place Ferguson was a guard before Wentworth.

Lindsay Coulter[edit]

Lindsay Coulter

Jodie Spiteri[edit]

Jodie Spiteri

Lucy Gambaro[edit]

Lucy "Juice" Gambaro (Sally-Anne Upton) (seasons 3–present) is an inmate at Wentworth. She and her crew are often predatory towards new or young prisoners and are known to gang-rape victims. "Juice" has Hepatitis-C and pricks Vera with an infected needle while holding her hostage. In season 5, she has her tongue cut out by Joan Ferguson. She returns in season 6.

Tina Mercado[edit]

Portrayed by Charlie Tjoe (seasons 3–present) Tina is the leader of one of Wentworth's drug trafficking groups. She and her followers don't follow Bea's rules, which often results in Tina getting bashed by Maxine.

Mel Barrett[edit]

Mel Barrett (seasons 4–present) is a member of the Red Right Hand Portrayed by Sophia Katos

Stella Radic[edit]

(Season 2–present) One of "the boys" in Lucy Gambaro's Gang.

Imogen Fessler[edit]

Portrayed by Rachael Maza

Dana Malouf[edit]

Portrayed by Daniielle Alexis

Hutch[edit]

Jen "Hutch" Hutchins (Sarah Hallam) is an inmate with long blonde hair. She defends Ferguson in "Coup De Grace", insisting "it was self defense Franky" when Franky accuses Joan of murder.

Staff[edit]

Meg Jackson[edit]

Meg Jackson (Catherine McClements) (season 1) was the Governor of Wentworth Correctional Centre. Meg was married to Will Jackson, an officer at Wentworth. She also had an affair with Fletcher which led to an abortion two weeks before the riot. Meg died during a riot at the prison after being stabbed in the chest with a shiv. It is later revealed that Meg was killed by Franky Doyle accidentally.

Linda Miles[edit]

Linda Miles (Jacqueline Brennan) (seasons 1–present) is an officer at Wentworth. Miles has a gambling problem and is corruptible.

Derek Channing[edit]

Derek Channing (Martin Sacks) (seasons 1–present) is the regional director for Wentworth. He is a member of the board of directots who regularly checks in on the facility. In Season 2 Derek is manipulated and blackmailed by Joan Ferguson when she threatens to reveal his participation in an illegal prostitution ring involving ex-inmates (which links him and Marie Winter). She uses this to prevent him from removing her from her position, as well as give a good word to the board on her behalf. In Season 3 he overrules Joan's orders during a riot, saving Vera's life, but is still manipulated later. After Joan is arrested, he claims to have covered up all the evidence in his ownership of the brothel, but is once again blackmailed by Joan into releasing her into general population when she asks if he wants to risk it. In Season 5, after Will calls him and claims Jake is running drugs through the prison, he comes to investigate. He discovers that Jake is running drugs, but allows it to continue in exchange for 20 percent of the profits. To stop Vera from finding this out, he appoints himself as Acting Governor and offers to have Will transferred. After Joan is attacked, he refuses to move her into protection, and overrules the requests of anyone else to do so, since he wants her dead to avoid her revealing his illegal activities. After Franky and Joan escape Wentworth, he is fired by the board, and Vera is reinstated.

In Season 6 it transpires that following his departure of the department he went on a cocaine fuelled breakdown looking for Ferguson. Jake eventually comes to the conclusion that he is the one stalking them, though it turns out he isn't. He tries to blackmail Vera for her job by threatening to go to the police with some secrets, offering to spare Will if she sacrifices herself, but this backfires after Vera and Will show him evidence of his ownership of the brothels, given to Will by Marie. He shoots Ex prison officer Murphy on Vera's doorstep, believing he was shooting Ferguson. After this, Will and Jake frame him for helping Ferguson escape by planting the shovel used to bury her on his property. He is arrested, and remanded into custody, expected to face charges for everything.

Rose Atkins[edit]

Rose Atkins (Maggie Naouri) (seasons 2-3) is a nurse who works in the medical centre at Wentworth. Has a relationship with Will Jackson. Disappears after season 3, unknown why.

Lee Radcliffe[edit]

Nurse Lee Radcliffe (Madeleine Jevic) is another nurse. Her nickname is “Nurse Ratchet”. She appears after Rose Atkins leaves. She isn't sympathetic toward the prisoners unlike her predecessor. She has a brief relationship with Jake Stewart, which information is later used to blackmail her. Vera discovers this in Season 6, and later fires her for this. She uses the excuse that some drugs were missing and she couldn't account for them. These drugs were discreetly given to Jake because he had "trouble sleeping". Jake lied to her, the drugs were actually for Will due to his guilt over having buried Ferguson alive.

Other characters[edit]

Vinnie Holt[edit]

Vinnie Holt Jacs Holt's husband and Brayden Holt's father. Before her death he asks Jacs for a divorce shortly before her death in order to marry one of his mistresses. He later orders a “hit” on Bea Smith, which isn't seen through. It is later discovered that he has died.

Rita Bennett[edit]

Rita Bennett Vera Bennet’'s Mother. She hates Vera. And is later killed by Vera via morphine overdose.

Debbie Smith[edit]

Debbie Smith is Bea Smith's daughter.

Brayden Holt[edit]

Brayden Holt Murderer of Debbie Smith and is killed by Bea for killing her daughter.

Harry Smith[edit]

Harry Smith

He is Bea's ex-husband and father of Debbie Smith. Will Jackson was accused of his murder, but it was revealed later that he was killed by one of Ferguson's accomplices.

Colin Bates[edit]

Colin Bates ruthless raptist serving time in Walford Prison.

Nash Taylor[edit]

Nash Taylor Father of Doreen Anderson's baby

Detective Ayoub[edit]

Portrayed by Maria Mercedes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McWhirter, Erin (21 April 2017). "Wentworth: Sigrid Thornton 'Why I am proud of this show'". Foxtel. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sigrid Thornton takes pivotal role in Wentworth season 4". If Magazine. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ Gartner, Annelies (31 July 2018). "Sigrid Thornton says goodbye to women of Wentworth". The West Australian. Retrieved 12 August 2018.